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Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler wants to 'prove you wrong ... again' at UFC 189

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The reigning 170-pound king is ready to 'dominate' No. 1 contender Rory MacDonald, again, next weekend in "Sin City."

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Robbie Lawler feels he needs to take care of a little "unfinished business" in UFC 189's co-main event, put an exclamation point on the rematch to avoid a potential trilogy fight.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight titleholder is set to make his first title defense against the man he previously bested via split-decision at UFC 167 in Nov. 2013, Rory MacDonald. "Ruthless" earned a shot at the 170-pound crown with the victory over "Canadian Psycho," and eventually won it in a close contest over Johny Hendricks at UFC 181 in Dec. 2014.

He will now aim for a more definitive win over the striking tactician MacDonald, even though he is somehow currently considered the sportsbook underdog.

"That's just the way it is. Maybe they're seeing something that I'm not seeing. Everyone's got an opinion and not all of them are good ones," Lawler told Fox Sports. "I'm excited to showcase that I'm the better man. Plain and simple.

It's not more incentive, it's just going to be more to the story of you guys didn't believe in me again. I'm going to prove you wrong -- again."

The 33-year-old heavy-hitter may very well do that. Lawler was busy in 2014, sending Jake Ellenberger, Matt Brown and former division champion Hendricks packing. Moreover, he spent 88 minutes of time fighting in the Octagon.

"I'm going to be ready for five rounds hard and I'm going to be ready to go out there and dominate," said Lawler. "I don't concentrate too much about how he's coming into it. I'm going to concentrate on how I'm coming into it -- ready to go, in shape and healthy."

The initial win over the Tristar Gym mainstay showcased Lawler's evolution as a fighter, as well as what fighting injured can do, which seems to be the talk of the town now-a-days.

MacDonald entered his first tilt with Lawler while nursing an ankle issue, an injury that he recently revealed affected his mindset heading into the showdown.

Afterward, MacDonald kept compiling a star-studded mixed martial arts (MMA) resume by thwarting Top 10-ranked contenders like Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine. The 25-year-old is as well-round as welterweights come and is a very formidable threat wherever the fight goes.

However, he has only trained for a five-round fight once. And there is the memory of being knocked down by Lawler in the final frame of their UFC 167 meeting.

Lawler will be the second man looking to maintain order (after Hendricks) and establish normalcy (ha, right) in one of UFC's most talent-stacked divisions. He will have the chance to do that inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11, 2015.

"My coach has always been paying attention to him. I think he's a really good fighter and a really tough guy," Lawler said, adding. "The best part about being a champion is going out and defending your belt so that's what I plan on doing and doing it many times."

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